Early Durham

Georgian Durham

Victorian Durham

Modern Durham

Durham's Black History

Special Exhibition

Sculpture Garden

Brass Rubbing




Georgian Durham

There are displays about Georgian Durham describing town & country houses, theatres and transport. One notable country house that is featured is Burn Hall.

The noted northern architect Ignatius Bonomi designed Burn Hall in 1821 for the Salvin family of Croxdale. It replaced an earlier hall but was built on a more elevated site.

Our display on the theatres includes information on Stephen Kemble, a manager in the early years of the 19th century. He was a member of the Kemble family which dominated the English theatrical scene at that time.

With his connections, he brought many of the greatest stars of the London stage to Durham. Kemble's home was The Grove, now part of Durham School.

Prisoners were originally held in the North Gate but, in 1808, the Durham Justices decided to build a new gaol and courts in New Elvet. The courts were opened in 1811.